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    • Mark Gary Blumenthal
    • 21.08.10 | 14:26 (IDT)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki's comments do not leave me feeling the least bit sanguine about Iran's ultimate intentions. Whether Iran does indeed intend to use fissionable materials exclusively for power generation or for more sinister purposes, Iran has no place in the Nuclear Community. The second case is obvious. Permit me to expound for a moment on the first case. The most 'dangerous' point in the 'nuclear materials cycle' is during the recycling phase when 'used' fissionable materials are 'recycled and decontaminated' for reuse. Unless these materials are rigidly contained and guarded, they are susceptible to diversion by internal or external terrorists. Iran lacks both the infrastructure and the 'culture' to rigidly prevent diversion of fissionable materials. Whether or not her intentions are noble (which I frankly question), Iran's entry into the Nuclear Community bodes poorly for peace in the Middle East. Russia has long-standing contractual agreements with Iran, and while I do not agree with Russia on keeping these particular agreements, I can understand her position. However, the civilized world cannot safely tolerate Iran's destabilizing role by possessing the materials to produce nuclear war weapons. If carrots do not work, we may need to try sticks!

    from the article: Iran: We will continue to enrich uranium despite receiving Russian fuel
    First published 13:23 21.08.10 | Last updated 13:23 21.08.10
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